Golden Throats: The Great Celebrity Sing-Off!

Golden Throats: The Great Celebrity Sing-Off!

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A tribute to the absurdity of show business egos and the blind marketing machinery that tries to extend moneymaking possibilities into infinity, this compilation showcases a fool's gallery of non-singing stars from the worlds of television, politics, movies and the legitimate stage as they vie for the entertainment world's holy grail -- crossover success. But,

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A tribute to the absurdity of show business egos and the blind marketing machinery that tries to extend moneymaking possibilities into infinity, this compilation showcases a fool's gallery of non-singing stars from the worlds of television, politics, movies and the legitimate stage as they vie for the entertainment world's holy grail -- crossover success. But, thankfully for us, one man's imprudence is another's comic gold. The venerable Leonard Nimoy's graceless warbling leads the way here on two selections: "Proud Mary" and "If I Had a Hammer". Also included is William Shatner's show-stopping "spoken word" rendition of "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds." While those cuts are perhaps the most famous disasters in the history of celebrity recordings, they're given a run for their money by Jack Webb's inexplicable, mind-blowingly banal reading of "Try a Little Tenderness", and Sebastian Cabot's (yes, TV's Mr. French!) ponderous, shuddering recitation of Bob Dylan's "It Ain't Me Babe." Eddie Albert keeps the Dylan massacre alive with a "rockin'" cover of "Blowin' in the Wind," and Jim Nabors' bland, stultifying performance of Stevie Wonder's "You Are The Sunshine of My Life" rounds out the carnage.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Cub Koda
This was the compilation that started the whole celebrities-make-bad-records collections that now proliferate like kudzu. If your idea of perverse fun is hearing William Shatner tear up "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" or "Mr. Tambourine Man," or Leonard Nimoy deadpanning his way through "Proud Mary," then this set is right up your alley. Jack Webb doing "Try a Little Tenderness" or Mae West tackling "Twist and Shout" are merely the icing on the cake here. Strange but wonderful.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/01/1992
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227018726
catalogNumber:
70187

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Performance Credits

Mae West   Track Performer
Jim Nabors   Track Performer
Eddie Albert   Track Performer
Sebastian Cabot   Track Performer
Noel Harrison   Track Performer
Leonard Nimoy   Track Performer
Joel Grey   Track Performer
Jack Webb   Track Performer
William Shatner   Track Performer
Andy Griffith   Track Performer
Frankie Randall   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Don Brown   Art Direction
Ken Perry   Remixing
William Inglott   Remixing
Irwin Chusid   Liner Notes,Advisor
Gary Peterson   Artwork
Pat Sierchio   Artwork
Doug Erb   Artwork
Joe Pearson   Artwork

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Golden Throats: The Great Celebrity Sing-Off! 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would like to have some of the acid that William Shatner was on when he recorded ''Lucy in the Sky...'' Jim Nabor's version of one of my favorite Stevie Wonder songs broke my heart and changed my life forever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this thinking it would be a novelty item good for a few laughs, but I love it! I keep listening to it. It's fun! A must-have for any self-respecting music lover.